Florida football: 4-star Trevor Etienne predicted to sign with Gators

It appears the Florida Gators have emerged as front runners to land 4-star running back Trevor Etienne. 247 recruiting has recently “crystal ball” predicted the young running back to the Gators.  The Florida football program is in need of a highly recruited tailback in this year’s class.

You may remember Etienne’s brother, Travis, he was a star running back at Clemson where he totaled 70 rushing touchdowns in his four years with the Tigers. Travis became the 25th overall draft-pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2021 NFL draft.

Trevor Etienne, the brother of Travis, has been crystal ball'd to the Florida Gators

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers hands the ball to Travis Etienne #9 in the first quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Trevor is slotted as the number 14 running back in the 2022 recruitment class by 247sports. His top schools are Florida, LSU, and Clemson. Trevor has stuck out on my radar for sometime since he narrowed it down to three schools. He is from Louisiana, so LSU being on his list wasn’t a surprise as most players will consider a good school from their home state. It also wasn’t a shocker to see Clemson on the list given the success of his older brother there. The Florida Gators are the definite outlier on the list, as he has no connection to the team. It appears Etienne see’s something he likes when it comes to Gainesville.

The Gators are most likely losing running backs Dameon Pierce and Malik Davis, both of whom have spent the last five years with the program. This is probably an attraction for Etienne, while there is still competition on the roster with a former 5-star (Demarkcus Bowman) and former 4-star (Nay’Quan Wright) neither of them are guaranteed the starting role in the Florida backfield.

Billy Napier and his Florida football staff did not sign any running backs on early signing day, so Etienne may be eyeing Florida with the lack of competition at his position in this year’s class.